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US Landing School gets fundraising help

By IBI Magazine

The Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design in Kennebunkport, Maine, has announced that Eric Goetz, president of Goetz Custom Sailboats, and Will Keene, president and CEO of Edson International, will co-chair efforts to raise money for the Olin J Stephens II Chair in Yacht Design. Established in 1994, the Stephens Chair was created in an attempt to expand the school's design programme and to provide a new faculty position.

According to a press release, Goetz and Keene will contact some of the industry's most successful firms (particularly those that have benefited from the employment of Landing School alumni) to see if they would make a donation to the school. Both Goetz and Keene have served as advisors and supporters of the Landing School for many years and recognise the high standard of education that the school embodies.

Eric Goetz, a member of the school's Board of Trustees, founded Goetz Custom Sailboats in 1975 following a childhood interest in boats and sailing. The company produces a wide range of composite boats including America's Cup racers, round-the-world competitors and custom cruising designs.

As president of marine hardware manufacturer Edson International, Will Keene has specified and designed steering layouts for production and custom one-off boats since 1979. He has lectured around the world on his work, and was given the Buzzards Bay Guardian Award in the 1990's for convincing marina owners and operators to adopt marine septic pump-out systems.

Founded in 1979, the Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design offers post-secondary education and preparation for a career in the marine industry. Programmes include boatbuilding, yacht design and marine systems, and all courses are fully recognised by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT).

(8 November 2004)




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